- Associated Press - Monday, April 14, 2014
Harlan County state park closed due to wildfire

CUMBERLAND, Ky. (AP) - Authorities have closed a Harlan County state park because of a wildfire.

According to WKYT-TV (https://bit.ly/1lZYKty), the Harlan County Emergency Management reported Sunday that Kingdom Come State Park has been shut down until further notice due to a wildfire that spread over the weekend.

The park is located atop Pine Mountain near the city of Cumberland.

Officials say crews are working to contain the wildfire.

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Pike County volunteer fire department reopens

Belfry, Ky. (AP) - A volunteer fire department in Pike County that was forced to close has reopened.

WYMT-TV (https://bit.ly/RfJWKU) reports that an audit of the Hatfield Fire Department by the Kentucky Fire Commission revealed some problems, mainly that only three firefighters were on the roster when the state requires 12.

After being closed for about a month, the department has reopened with a roster of 15 and a new six-member board.

“Whatever went on here in the past, it is over,” said firefighter Van Gibbs. “We started new.”

Officials are now raising money and applying for grants to train the new firefighters, as well as update outdated equipment.


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